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MacLeod YDNA Project at FTDNA

My First Cousin One Time Removed - Col. Purdy Belvin McLeod Jr. - participated in an early DNA study performed by the University of London and learned that he was part of a group of MacLeod men who shared a common ancestor. In 2005, a second study was begun at FTDNA sponsored by the Associated Clan MacLeod Society where these initial results were confirmed through expanded testing. Purdy shared his matches with me and asked me to see if I could "sort it out" - thus began my obsession with YDNA. Six years later, we find that share a common ancestor with approximately 40 other men and may be close to figuring out to which of them we are more closely related. The ultimate goal is, of course, to get us "back over the pond" in our genealogy research.

Meet any MacLeod/McLeod here in the USA with ancestral history in North or South Carolina and eventually the question of how closely they are related to you will come up. YDNA is helping us to figure this out. Those who share a close haplotype (think signature) have definitely shared a common ancestor in genealogical times or since the use of surnames while those who are "outside" of allowable "genetic distances" do not. Of course, this is a very simplistic explanation of what YDNA can tell us; if you are interested in learning more, please feel free to email me. To get started on what may turn out to be your own obsession with YDNA as it relates to genealogical research:

FTDNA Clan MacLeod Project Haplogroup Tables - includes all the various Haplogroups found to date within the project. Includes the descendants of James MacLeod/McLeod and Margaret Blakely {later Gordon} of Sumter South Carolina.

FTDNA Clan MacLeod Project/R-L165(S68) Project Table - the Related Group of MacLeods who share an ancestor born cr. 1300 AD - includes "Branch Pages" which provide an analysis of the YDNA results and Genealogies where available. Included on this page are my family and the family of Norman MacLeod of Virginia and Gallia County Ohio.

FTDNA R-L165(S68) Project - Clan MacLeod has been tested and found to be in the R-L165(S68) Sub Clade of the Haplogroup R1b; it is believed that this is a Norse Cluster of R1b. The project was begun in January of 2011.

YDNA for other Surnames

The DNA adventure is not just for MacLeods alone; there is a project for almost every known surname. Google "YDNA+Ross" (or any other surname) to find links to these projects and learn more about what your ancient ancestry may be. You could be descended from Nial of the Nine Hostages - or from Somerled - or related to Royalty of any nation known to man.

And now, the DNA testing includes MTDNA which both men and women can participate in - I've not ventured into that part of the DNA world just yet, but may have to do so in the near future.

Please, feel free to email me for additional information if you are interested in joining in the fun!
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